Edirisa Canoe Trekking
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • all cultures of the area (Bafumbira, Bakiga, Batwa)
  • spectacular views, volcano and island stories
  • traditional healer visit
  • session with a craftmaker
  • Tom's Homestay island experience
  • Batwa "Pygmy"-guided Echuya Forest crossing
  • night on the shore of Lake Kayumbu
  • caldera picnic




FACTS
  • length: 3 days; difficulty: 3
  • starting point: Lake Bunyonyi or Mgahinga
  • area: Lake Bunyonyi - Echuya Forest - Lake Kayumbu - Cyanika - Mgahinga
  • departures: daily at 10am
  • map route colour: purple

(1) Edirisa, (2) Tom's Homestay, (3) Echuya Forest, (4) Lake Kayumbu, (5) Kisoro Town, (6) Mutanda Island Lodge, (7) Bwindi triple waterfalls, (8) Ntebeko gate of Mgahinga

PRICE
  • five people or more: USD 250 per person
  • four people: USD 290 pp
  • three people: USD 360 pp
  • two people: USD 470 pp
  • one person: USD 810

    Includes everything during the trek (guiding, activities, tented accommodation, meals, snacks and water) and 1 night at Edirisa at Bunyonyi. It does not include transport back from Mgahinga or accommodation there (but we can arrange that for you).

    To find trip companions consult our list of upcoming treks.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lake Bunyonyi - Mgahinga Itinerary

Day 1: The Heart of Edirisa - Tom's Homestay

We will sleep at The Heart of Edirisa at Lake Bunyonyi. At 10 in the morning, following a hearty breakfast, we will have a short paddle to the Kyabahinga peninsula for a singing and dancing presentation by the pupils of Edirisa Nursery School. At a trading centre above the school we will be invited to a cup of the local brew, obushera. The prize for our next activity, a relatively intense climb of about 30 minutes, will be pretty lake vistas and our guide's stories about culture and nature.



On the ridge of the peninsula we will first meet Omugurusi Jeremiah, a traditional healer. After he shares his vast knowledge with us, we will continue to Ianick Mugasa. He is a son of the soil who returned from Europe to establish the Africa Explorer Cultural Village some 2,300 metres above sea level. Over lunch, Ianick can tell us many stories about the Bakiga, their traditional beliefs, Rastafarianism and much more.



Ianick's place will have presented us some spectacular vistas - but we will look for more. Kyabahinga is uniquely located to give us an outlook over most of Lake Bunyonyi's 29 islands. We will hear some of the colourful tales, legends and historical facts related to these islands.

Our final stop on the ridge will be the home of Mrs Anna, a craft maker. She will show us how local crafts are produced, and give us a chance to make some for yourselves. And, no, this is not for ladies only! Gentlemen can attempt a banana leaf elephant or a photo frame, for example.

In the afternoon we will descend to the water and enter the dugouts. We will paddle to Habukomi, the island of pelicans, where we will enjoy Tom's Homestay. By night a traditional musician will make your campfire more special.



Day 2: Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Kayumbu



By 8am we will be on our way to the other side of the lake and ascend towards the Echuya Forest Reserve, reaching it at midday. In Echuya we will experience something unique: a Batwa “Pygmy” guided nature trail. Our man will be Kanusu, an experienced guide who will tell us how Echuya was once their home and later became a source of all kinds of natural resources.



Kanusu will show us different herbs, plants that make rain, gold digging sites and more.



The crossing of the forest will take us about two hours. Our picnic lunch will happen above Lakes Kayumbu and Chahafi. The latter was once a colonial military outpost. In 1914 the English used 100 porters to carry a giant canoe from Chahafi to Lake Bunyonyi to attack the rebel leader Katuregye - perhaps using the trail we will be taking? Still, our destination will be the closer lake, Kayumbu, where we will camp on the shore.

Day 3: Lake Kayumbu - Mgahinga Gorilla National Park



Following lakeshore breakfast we will paddle across Lake Chahafi and walk towards Cyanika on the Rwanda border. Feel like some No Man's Land experience?



We will then pay visit to a caldera and have a little picnic there. To reach Mgahinga's main gate, Ntebeko, we will hike next to the park's border, through a spectacular and lovingly cultivated landscape. Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp lies a couple of steps away from the park gate, and that is where your dinner will be served.

General Overview | Lake Bunyonyi | Gorilla Parks | Tailor-Made | Tom's Homestay | Batwa Today | Bakiga Museum | Family Offers | School Offers | Trip Advice | Accomm. Upgrades | Testimonials

To book a trek or get more information please write to home@edirisa.org or call +256 75 2558 222.

Photo: Irati Alonso Calafell, Marcus Westberg, Miha Logar, Philippe Vandorpe
 

General Overview
Canoeing & Trekking on Lake Bunyonyi
Treks to Gorilla National Parks
  Overview
  2-day Valley of No Living
  3-day Three Upland Lakes
  3-day Volcano Quest
  3-day Parks Reunited
  5-day Rainforest Ramble
  7-day Ultimate Hike
Tailor-Made Treks
Budget Accommodation on Lake Bunyonyi
Tom`s Homestay on Lake Bunyonyi
Batwa Today (Echuya Forest Reserve)
Cultural Museum of the Bakiga (Kabale)
Special Offers for Families
Special Offers for Schools
Trip Advice
Accommodation Upgrades
Press & Testimonials
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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